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Southwest Yunnan birding inc Gaoligongshan and Hornbill Valley

A family holiday, with strong birding - and photography - elements, in Yunnan, sw China.

Blog post on holiday in Wallacea

After a holiday in Wallacea - northeast Sulawesi and the north Moluccas - in August, I've written an article on travels and some of the wildlife for the Alfred Russel Wallace blog.

Now posted, with plenty of photos, at: http://wallacefund.info/content/holiday-heart-wallacea

Leaps of Logic and Faith versus Evolution Science

Like all scientific theories, Darwinism has been questioned and tested wherever possible. Among scientists, it has held up well, becoming a pillar of modern science. But this has not prevented attacks, chiefly from outside the scientific community.

Ebola’s inner rampage and praise for dirt plus optimum sex

Though “immune system” is a familiar term, there is still much to be learned about how our bodies defend against diseases. Stanford Medicine describes the immune system as, "This dynamic network of biological sensors, cells, secretions and genes is like a sixth sense, able to detect microbial friend from foe in the food we eat, the things we touch and the air we breathe,” and adds: “The most intelligent facets of the immune system are still a mystery.”

Sleep Science plus insomniac fruit flies, angry women and brain-washing

   Though we spend almost a third of our lives asleep, sleep science did not really begin till 1953, the same year the structure of DNA was discovered. Dr. Nathaniel Kleitman and one of his students, Dr. Eugene Aserinsky, became the first scientists to report rapid eye movement (REM) during sleep. Another of Kleitman’s students, Dr. William C. Dement, later made the association between REM and dreaming

Blue light at last wins Nobel for LED titans

While last year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was for an esoteric advance in knowledge — theoretical work on sub-atomic particles, notably predicting the existence of the Higgs boson – the prize awarded during this past week was for a far more practical achievements, by three Japanese-born men: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura. They received the award for playing seminal roles in the invention of blue light-emitting diodes.

Robots Rising

Worldwide, there are many developments in robotics, several of which are weirder and wackier than a talking version of a dead novelist and a robot board member.

Monster Plants and the Fears of Our Fathers

A field called epigenetics concerns ways the DNA code is actually expressed and implemented.

Thorium can Power the Planet …. Maybe

Thorium, which just might prove key to a new generation of nuclear reactors.

Tick Tock Goes the Population Bomb

It is only unforeseen events like the industrial revolution and the “green revolution” that helped feed many more people and stave off catastrophe.

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Latest on Global Warming n Conservation

The oil industry’s knowledge of dangerous climate change stretches back to the 1960s

  Very neat image by climate scientist Ed Hawkins showing temperatures rising

Science and Conservation

Turtle Park, Malaysia
Bauhinia - Hong Kong orchid tree
Hong Kong Wild Stars
Reptile search in HK
Captive breeding Philippine Eagles
Healing Power of Pets
Black-faced Spoonbill
Openbill Storks
Not BB i birding humour
Not BB ii
Not BB III
Southwest Yunnan birding inc Gaoligongshan and Hornbill Valley
Wuliansuhai Birds, Inner Mongolia
Deep Bay wetland in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Black Kites
Hong Kong Birding intro
Basic info on wild birds and H5N1 avian influenza
Bird Flu inc H5N1 Info
Beidaihe - Bird Migration Hub of the Orient
Beidaihe Autumn Bird Migration Report
Beidaihe autumn report - species accounts
Beidaihe autumns conclusions
Beidaihe Can Create Exciting Bird Reserve
Checklist of Beidaihe Birds
Conservation Plan for Beidaihe
Tick Tock Goes the Population Bomb
Unrelenting China eco horror show threatens us all
Waste incineration alternatives including plasma arc gasification
James Hansen Godfather of Climate Change retires yet will be very busy
And Man Created the God Particle
Anti-science idiocy threatens catastrophic consequences
Blue light at last wins Nobel for LED titans
Dreamliner Troubles yet Lithium Batteries Flying High
Ebola’s inner rampage and praise for dirt plus optimum sex
Genius of the Jungles: Alfred Russel Wallace
Happy 100th Birthday to the Bohr Atom!
How to Spot a Scientific Dud
Laughter n more science in the Xmas season
Leaps of Logic and Faith versus Evolution Science
Mapping Our Way to Mind Control?
Monster Plants and the Fears of Our Fathers
Of Mice and Men and Memory, Plus the Inception Deception
Primordial soup and the life from Mars theory
Rise of the Superbugs
Robots Rising
Scientific Dieting Cooks Up a Moveable Feast
Sleep Science plus insomniac fruit flies, angry women and brain-washing
Solar System Weirdness inc Diamond Rain and Ice Volcanoes
The butterfly and the remarkable Professor Hofstadter
The Cat in the Box and a Real Eureka Moment
Thorium can Power the Planet …. Maybe
Volcanoes: Where the Earth Screams
Wonderful World of 3D Printing
Blog post on holiday in Wallacea
Catfish Farm
Confessions of a crazy conservationist
Forest Conservation in Indonesian Borneo
Gurney's Pitta in Thailand
No use captive breeding rare species if there is no habitat left for them
Philippine Eagle Mindanao
Saving Yunnan snub-nosed monkey
South China tiger
Sundarbans in Bangladesh
Taman Negara rainforest, Malaysia
TCM and Conservation
Wind farms and migratory birds
Wonders of Bird Migration - and Threatened Asian Wetlands